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College teaching assistant Ruth Tyack is excitedly planning for a new job in Rome when she falls in love with Tom, a poet and guest-lecturer at the college. Despite their intense feelings for each other, Ruth and Tom must part after a single romantic together. Tom is married and has too much respect for his wife and a deep bond with his special needs’ son. In Italy, Ruth is caught up in a whirlwind romance with Bruno, the scion of an aristocratic family. Their marriage is happy but brief as Bruno is killed in an ...
College teaching assistant Ruth Tyack is excitedly planning for a new job in Rome when she falls in love with Tom, a poet and guest-lecturer at the college. Despite their intense feelings for each other, Ruth and Tom must part after a single romantic together. Tom is married and has too much respect for his wife and a deep bond with his special needs’ son. In Italy, Ruth is caught up in a whirlwind romance with Bruno, the scion of an aristocratic family. Their marriage is happy but brief as Bruno is killed in an auto accident and, in her grief, Ruth turns to his handsome cousin, Peter, who has long been in love with her. But once remarried, Peter demands that Ruth model herself after other wives of wealthy Italians—docile homemakers and mothers who look the other way when their husbands have affairs. As her unhappiness grows, Ruth keeps returning to her feelings for Tom and the love that has never been extinguished. Having kept in touch with him over the years, she’s been deeply affected by his personal tragedy and the anguish he faced as his wife suffered a series of breakdowns and was committed to an institution. Should she remain in an increasingly untenable marriage or follow her heart? The rerelease of this bestselling contemporary romance has been updated to include three new chapters which reveal the path she takes.
Posted October 16, 2013
An amazing, emotional story
I almost gave up after the first chapter. The writing just didn’t grab me. I hate not finishing a book so I figured that I would put it away and start chapter 2 another time. I was hoping that a new day and new frame of mind would make a difference. I am so glad I gave it another chance! I became sucked in and so invested in Ruth and Tom’s relationship that I couldn’t put it down.
This was a very emotional book and there isn’t one emotion you won’t feel! Their story begins in 1971 in Akron, Ohio. Ruth Tyack, is a graduate student at Eastern Ohio University. Tom Jeffers, a poet from Buffalo, is coming to the University to do a poetry reading. Ruth is asked to pick him up at the airport. They have an immediate, strong connection. Their banter is full of teasing and sexual innuendo’s, it’s flirting at its best!
They know they can never have more than just one night together. He is married and a father and she was offered a teaching position in Rome and will be leaving soon. Their attraction is so strong that they know the unexpected love they feel for each other will never go away. They are true soul mates. Their lives go on in two different directions. They form relationships and try to lead a normal life, as they will never truly be free to be together. They are forced to face many challenges and heartbreaks, but they seem to have this magnetic pull toward each other that time, distance and hardships cannot break. Their hearts will always belong to each other and their love will sustain them until, if and when, they can be together again. “We need each other to fill the empty spaces which we have discovered cannot be filled by another”.
The original story had ended in 1982. This version takes place in 2012, thirty years later. It was an amazing story! When you get so wrapped up in the characters of a book you always wonder what was next. These last three chapters wrap up loose ends that will give you a remarkable ending that will complete Ruth and Tom’s story. It was a wonderful validation of how strong their love was and how they had to experience love, life, death and adversity in order for their journey to end with each other. It’s what we all hope for, to find that one person who completes us, who cherishes our love, who is our protector and who loves us unconditionally. It’s a precious gift. True love always prevails.
Copy provided by Netgalley for an honest review